DRYDEN - A new residential community is taking shape in the Village of Dryden, and if everything goes as planned the first homes will be finished before winter, said Paul Simonet, the project's developer.Simonet
has been working with engineers and contractors for about a year to build the infrastructure for Maple Ridge, a development on the eastern edge of the village, across Route 392 from the new Town Hall.
Infrastructure such as electricity and a road will be finished in the coming months, Simonet
said, at which point the first two-unit building will be constructed.
That building will be part of what Simonet, president of Three Sixty Enterprises
, the project's developer, calls phase one.Eight buildings are planned for phase one, seven of which will contain two homes, and one building will contain just one home.
All homes at Maple Ridge, except for the first two-unit building, will be built for specific buyers, who will "influence a lot of the design of their homes," Simonet
said.But Three Sixty will work with future homeowners and a single engineering and construction team to ensure that the homes fit into the rest of the community and the plan for Maple Ridge.
Phase One homes will start at 1,300 square feet, and will be aimed at "empty nesters," families, or anyone who desires a small living space, Simonet
said.Pricing will likely start around $189,000 for these homes, but Simonet
said that any number of specifications can increase a unit's price.
Phase Two will consist of eight to 10 larger, unattached homes designed for single families.Simonet
still needs approval from the Village of Dryden, including a public hearing, before construction can start on these homes.This may happen within the next 60 days or so, he
said, at which point homeowners will be allowed to buy lots and the construction on their homes can start.
The first building in Phase One is being built so that potential homeowners will be able to see an example of a Maple Ridge home, said Simonet
.If construction starts soon, it could take as little as 90 to 120 days, and be finished before winter.
Maple Ridge will feature "the best road in Dryden," said Simonet
, featuring a sidewalk and accent lighting.The community will also contain a fair amount of green space and trees.
Simonet wants to encourage a community atmosphere at Maple Ridge, one he
said that is already active in the Village of Dryden.Simonet is a long-time Dryden resident and works at Park Outdoor Advertising.
About two years ago, Simonet
noticed that in Tompkins County, there is a niche market for empty nesters and single families who either want to stay in a village or move to a village, he
said, so he
came up with the idea for Maple Ridge.
asked the village board to annex the land, to minimize what he
said could be an "administrative nightmare," when, for example, a resident would have to pay multiple tax bills.The village and town agreed to the annex request.Along with his close friend Corey Bihr, of California, Simonet founded Three Sixty Enterprises, for the purpose of building Maple Ridge.
Though Three Sixty was founded with Maple Ridge in mind, Simonet
leaves the possibility open of future projects.Simonet
's cousin, along with Bihr, provided the main sources of funding for Maple Ridge, but Simonet said that the investments were rooted in strong, close relationships, not in business.
The Village of Dryden has been very helpful, Simonet
...Paul Simonet, president of Three Sixty Enterprises, stands in front of a plot of land designated for single-family homes as part of the Maple Ridge development Thursday afternoon in the Village of Dryden.